Alas takes blame for NLEX’s loss to TNT

first_imgNLEX’s third-year guard added they just have to move on from the loss and try to improve from their 0-5 record.“It’s frustrating and the loss really hit our morale, but we just have to move on,” said Alas. “We have to practice hard and keep in improving so that we won’t commit the same mistakes in future games.”“We have to be more mature because we can’t close out games.”ADVERTISEMENT “I feel like I didn’t meet the responsibilities given to me as the team’s point guard, especially when we got to overtime,” said Alas who finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and two assists.READ: TnT rallies back to pip NLEX in OTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I think I forced my shots in the overtime period.”Alas practically went invisible in the extra period when he scored just one point, going 1-of-4 from the line and 0-of-2 from the field. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas drives past Jayson Castro. PBA IMAGESNLEX combo guard Kevin Alas put the blame on his shoulders after the Road Warriors were subjected to a disappointing 126-121 loss at the hands of TnT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Alas said he wasted several opportunities in the overtime period after helping NLEX build a 29-point lead, 89-60, early in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town San Miguel extinguishes Phoenix for 2nd straight win Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testlast_img read more

TnT rallies back to pip NLEX in OT

first_imgThe Road Warriors’ 76 points in the first half are the most this conference but that was for naught as the the KaTropa unleashed a 73-45 blast in the next three periods.After allowing NLEX get into rhythm early, TnT head coach Nash Racela said the players had the initiative to turn things around defensively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnNLEX shot a preposterous 60 percent clip in the first half but TnT’s tighter defense held down the Road Warriors to a 36.17 shooting percentage in the latter periods. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Pogoy had 20 points to contribute to TnT’s offense.Wayne Chism led NLEX with 35 points and 21 rebounds. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte ‘Like teammates’: Maraño, Bolick push each other to greater heights Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Jayson Castro vs Jonas Villanueva. PBA IMAGESTnT labored its way to a third straight win, overcoming NLEX, 126-121, in overtime Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Jayson Castro led the second-half charge for KaTropa, who trailed by as much as 29 points after the Road Warriors’ record-setting performance in the first two quarters.ADVERTISEMENT “It was the players who suggested things and it started working out in the second half,” said Racela. “I think in the first half, NLEX was really shooting the ball comfortably, and the players were really taking very open shots that are not acceptable.”“It was the players who talked before I entered the dugout, they were already talking with each other and they were trying to find ways to rally back.”TnT was eventually able to dictate the tempo in the overtime period going on an early 7-0 run with Roger Pogoy hitting a triple from the right wing to give the KaTropa a 120-113 lead.The KaTropa had four players score at least 20 points but it was Jayson Castro who shone the brightest as he put up a 32-point, 11-assist line.Donte Greene had a 26-point, 16-rebound double-double while Ranidel had his own with 22 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test View commentslast_img read more

Bolts fend off Aces’ late comeback

first_imgEnciso and dela Cruz scored eight points each in the final five minutes as the Aces mounted a spirited run to make things interesting down the stretch.With Meralco’s lead cut to 10, Amer took matters into his own hands, isolating Enciso and crossing him up for a pull up jumper that made it, 95-83, with 1:21 left.Jefferson cut it to single digits with a quick triple before Bolts skipper Jared Dillinger sank two free throws with exactly a minute to go.Dillinger wound up with 15 points, going 6-of-6 from the free throw line.ADVERTISEMENT Alex Stepheson also produced big numbers with 17 points and 26 rebounds for Meralco, which saw its 25-point lead in the fourth quarter dwindle to nine, 95-86, with 1:19 remaining.“I thought we did a pretty good job for about 44 mins. Last four minutes we got a little bit sloppy and to be honest we got a little bit tired,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Key to winning was to break the pressure of Alaska and for the most part, we were able to do a good job.”Cory Jefferson led the Aces with 32 points and 13 rebounds but it was Simon Enciso and captain Tony dela Cruz, who sparked their team’s fourth-quarter fightback. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Meralco’s Baser Amer. PBA IMAGESMeralco withstood a late rally by Alaska to win, 99-91, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday night at Mall of Asi Arena. Baser Amer nearly had a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds that went with five assists and two steals for the Bolts, who notched their fifth win in six games.ADVERTISEMENT Injured Parks regrets absence in Alab’s do-or-die game Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

Valdez carries Creamline to first win

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Alyssa Valdez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTurning back its opening day hiccup, Creamline cruised to its first win in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division with a 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 straight-set victory over Air Force Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Alyssa Valdez powered the Cool Smashers to the win with her 21 points, powered by 18 kills and three service aces.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments “It’s expected from Ly,” said assistant coach Sherwin Meneses. “I told her, she might have to hit the ball a thousand times, so we really expected Alyssa to deliver us the points and it turned out good for us.”Ivy Remulla added 10 markers, while Coleen Bravo had six for Creamline.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMeneses, who called the shots for the Cool Smashers for coach Tai Bundit, said that it was a better outing from his squad contrary to their opening day fourth-set loss to Perlas Spikers.“We had a better service and reception compared to our last game,” he said. “I hope this trend continues.” Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Blackwater, SBP come to terms with Smith naturalization Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar MOST READ LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Jocemer Tapic paced the Jet Spikers with 11 points. /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

Albert Pujols hits 600th career homer; 9th to join club

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April The milestone homer is the latest superlative in the 17-year career of Pujols, a 13th-round draft pick who became one of the greatest hitters of his generation.The 37-year-old Dominican slugger is the fourth-youngest player to hit 600 homers behind Alex Rodriguez, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. Pujols joins home run kings Barry Bonds and Aaron as the only players to hit 600 homers and 600 doubles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundPujols is the first player to hit his 600th homer since Jim Thome joined the club in August 2011. With his ninth homer this season, Pujols has joined the club with Bonds (762), Aaron (755), Ruth (714), Rodriguez (696), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Thome (612) and Sammy Sosa (609).He also became the first to hit a grand slam for No. 600. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Graham Rahal wins 1st of 2 Detroit Grand Prix IndyCar races Pujols is in his sixth year with the Angels after beginning his career with 11 spectacular years in St. Louis. He became the youngest player to hit 250 homers and the first to hit 400 homers in his first 10 big-league seasons while with the Cardinals, and he is the only player ever to hit at least 30 homers in his first 12 big-league seasons.The three-time NL MVP has slowed in numerous ways since joining the Angels, who haven’t won a playoff game since giving him a $240 million free-agent contract in December 2011. Pujols doesn’t round the bases or play the field with his youthful vigor, but he still delivers solid pop at the plate as one of the majors’ top RBI producers.Pujols has homered in 37 different ballparks and against all 30 big-league teams, including the Cardinals. Santana is one of 386 pitchers to yield a homer to Pujols.Pujols is the majors’ active leader in homers by a long shot, and the 600-homer club might not get its next member for several years. Detroit’s 34-year-old Miguel Cabrera has 451 career homers, and the next-closest player under 34 years old is Milwaukee’s 33-year-old Ryan Braun with 292.“What Albert is about to do, it’s legendary,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Friday’s game. “To be able to witness it is something special. You look around baseball, and the guys that have reached that plateau are few and far between, to say the least. It’s such a special journey. It doesn’t happen very often.”Pujols has hit 155 homers in nearly 5 1/2 seasons with the Angels, dropping well off the incredible pace established when he hit 445 homers in his 11 seasons with St. Louis. He hit at least 40 homers in six seasons with the Cardinals, but has done it only once for Los Angeles.Although he has made just one All-Star team with the Angels, Pujols has been a consistent offensive threat in Orange County when healthy, racking up 119 RBIs last season and ranking third in the AL with 38 RBIs entering Friday’s games. Injuries and age have forced the Angels to use the formerly above-average fielder largely as a designated hitter: He played only 28 games at first base last season and just four this year.“This guy is probably the toughest ballplayer I’ve ever seen,” Scioscia said. “To be able to go out there at maybe 50 percent and still be productive, what he means to the team in the dugout, in the clubhouse, you can see why he’s been a winner his whole career.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols points after a balk by Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Adalberto Mejia during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, California. APANAHEIM, California — Albert Pujols hit his 600th career homer on Saturday (Sunday Manila time), delivering a grand slam to become the ninth player in major league history to reach the mark.The Los Angeles Angels slugger connected in the fourth inning against Minnesota’s Ervin Santana, driving a high fly into the short left-field porch at Angel Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “I don’t play here for numbers,” Pujols said this week after hitting No. 599. “My goal since Day One when I got to the big leagues was to help the organization that I wear the uniform of. At the end of my career, numbers are numbers. I think I’m going to have plenty of time, but my main goal is to try to win a championship here.“I’m aware of the history, don’t get me wrong. I respect it, but I think that’s kind of a distraction that I don’t want to bring into the game for me.”Pujols hit his 599th homer on Tuesday and then went through three straight homerless games. The slugger rarely acknowledges the importance of individual accomplishments, but his fellow Angels thought he clearly wanted to reach the milestone at home before they hit the road Monday.The Angels were excited, too: Mike Trout went to the ballpark right after having thumb surgery Wednesday because he wanted to see Pujols make history — and Trout has returned every night since.“It’s pretty incredible,” Trout said. “Each night he gets a hit or gets an RBI, he’s passing somebody. (On Thursday) he passed Babe Ruth in hits. I think that’s pretty special. It’s remarkable, his career so far. He’s got a lot of baseball left, but I think the biggest thing is 600. That’s special.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Beermen prevail in intense Game 3

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa steps in to temper the scuffle between San Miguel and TNT. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netEmotions got heated three games into the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals as the on-court drama spilled into the Smart Araneta Coliseum tunnel when San Miguel and TNT met on Sunday night.First, Chris Ross engaged in a verbal war with KaTropa’s stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig near the end of the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ The reinforcements denied the accusations and that they weren’t the ones who pushed the gate.“I don’t know what happened with that. I didn’t push no gate. I was just walking over and the gate was just pushed, I had nothing to do with that,” said Myers.Craig backed up his friend’s claim, saying, “Somebody swung the gate open and it happened to hit one of the fan. But I don’t know, I didn’t swing the gate. I was trying to go to the locker room and somebody swung the gate open. I put my hands up. I don’t know what happened.”Tensions were tempered in the second half and the Beermen went on to take a 2-1 series lead with a 109-97 victory.Myers argued that the word war between the two teams meant nothing personal, saying that for his part, he was just willing his team to the victory from the sidelines.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Pacquiao-Horn nears sellout A dream fulfilled for Christian End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “I just want my team to win. I’m just cheering on my team, going hard for my team. It’s just a competitive game. We’re just talking back and forth. It was nothing serious. No bad blood, that’s all,” he said.If there’s one thing that worked in Myers’ way though, he said that it just motivates him to play if he gets the call from the TNT management to come in and replace Joshua Smith.“I’m really excited right now. I want to play so bad,” he said. “I’m very excited. I’m just waiting for my time to come when my time comes I’m ready.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ That led to the two imports being escorted out of the VIP area and into the back of the team’s bench, where they watched the rest of Game 3.But the commotion didn’t end there, as it continued at halftime when the two teams were on their way to the dugout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundWitnesses said the two TNT imports allegedly pushed the metal gate in the hallway which hit San Miguel governor Robert Non and some of the Beermen staffers, which led to a shouting match between the two sides.PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa was quick to act on the scuffle. He stepped in between and spoke to officials from both sides. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Menina leaves Mapua, transfers to NU

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDarell Menina is now a Bulldog.The 5-foot-8 playmaker has transferred from Mapua University to his new home in National University, leaving the Cardinals where he spent his first two years in the collegiate level.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Menina averaged 8.9 points on a 27.3-percent shooting from three, to go with 1.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists in his sophomore year in Mapua, as the Cardinals advanced to the Final Four for the second straight season.He will sit out this upcoming UAAP Season 80, but will be eligible to play for three years for the Bulldogs. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LSU title parade draws massive crowds Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetcenter_img The Cebuano guard confirmed his supposed transfer, sharing that he has already enrolled in the Jhocson-based campus.“Yes, I’m already in NU. I also want to play in the UAAP,” said Menina in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Mapua coach Atoy Co is aware of the development as he braces for NCAA Season 93 without Menina.The Cardinals have already suffered a huge blow with reigning two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme opting to sit out this season. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Unesco partners with PSC to improve Children’s Games Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Fennell: We have lost a strong leader

first_img NEWS HIT HARD Harbour View Football Club Chairman Carvel Stewart agreed that the news hit hard, even though they knew the severity of his situation. “Very sad day for the game, very sad day for his family. We send deepest condolences to his family, friends and the football fraternity. “We got word he was not eating or sleeping and it sounded really bad. So we got a hint last night that it was close, but you are never really ready … ,” he said. Kingston and St Andrew Football Association President Wayne Shaw said Burrell will be greatly missed. “He made his mark as the first president to take Jamaica to the World Cup. He will be sadly missed. A big void will be left in Jamaica’s football,” Shaw said. Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell yesterday said that the country has lost a strong leader in sports. Speaking after the death of Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell, Fennell said: “We are desperately in need of leaders, people who are prepared to stand up and be counted and who can provide the type of leadership that is necessary in all the areas of our lives. “Whether you agreed with him or believed in what he did, you could not question the fact that he was a leader and led in the way he knew best. Certainly we have lost a very strong leader in sports,” Fennell said. Other local football administrators admitted that though they knew Burrell was seriously ailing for some time and that the end was near, the news of losing the iconic football figure was devastating. Burrell passed away in the United States yesterday, and Montego Bay United’s chairman, Orville Powell, one of the JFF’s biggest critics, said he was shocked by the news, as the federation boss was larger than life. “It (the news) caught me when I was playing table tennis and I had to stop. We all expected this, … but when it comes, it’s a different thing. “Captain, in my mind, cannot die … . If there is one person who made the most significant contribution (to local football), I would put Captain up there. … We cannot allow Captain and his work to die … . He has taken us to the peak,” Powell noted.last_img read more

Follow The Trace | Bravo, West Indies Cricket!

first_img It is that financial independence to be achieved by playing “alternative cricket” that has created the biggest game changer in the fortunes of the West Indies team, especially in the longer formats of the game. The sorry state of our Test and one-day International teams has precious little to do with the specific board president or the overall make-up and direction of the administration, but more to do with the shifting of priorities of the players. The dilemma facing a player like Darren Bravo in his current situation is that he is a proverbial big fish in a small pond. He is a reasonable player in an awful team that continues to alienate substantial numbers of its traditional supporters by its woeful performances. If Darren Bravo was a superstar in a winning team, than the dynamics would be totally different. Possibly, Cameron would be the one apologising and would possibly be forced to resign. However, in the wider scheme of things, Darren Bravo is a ‘nobody in cricket’. The West Indies were poor while he was playing, and they will continue to be poor whether he returns. I think therefore, that Darren Bravo’s ego is leading him down a path from whence there might be no return. The sad thing for Bravo is no one will miss him. BIG GAME CHANGER A poignant reminder of the continued erosion of West Indies cricket is playing out in the still-unfolding saga involving embattled batsman Darren Bravo and the board president Dave Cameron. Essentially, Bravo’s feisty and obviously inappropriate tweet referring to Cameron as a “big idiot,” has seen the Trinidadian being subsequently barred from West Indies selection, and indeed from all cricket organised by Cricket West Indies. Typically, as is the case with all contentious issues involving West Indies cricket in recent times, opinions are split along insular, agenda-driven lines. The stakeholders who are against President Cameron and his administration, for whatever reason, will continue to try subtle and not-so-subtle ways to excuse, justify, and even condone Bravo’s insolent, inappropriate, and disrespectful actions. Darren Bravo is absolutely out of order and deservedly out of the West Indies set-up until he mans up and shows some remorse and accepts some level or responsibility for his actions. His adamant refusal to accede to the request of the board to remove the tweet from his account and apologise for his indiscretion epitomises the most fundamental reason for the changing face of West Indies cricket. Within the context of a general evolution of the game, Test cricket continues to struggle for relevance and appeal. Meanwhile, Twenty20 (T20) cricket continues to flourish with booming popularity and the resultant mega profits. As a result, the typical West Indian player, more so than any other player from any other international territory, is no longer fully committed to representing the West Indies. If Darren Bravo depended totally on representing the West Indies for putting his pot on the fire, he would have taken down that tweet and apologised to Cameron months ago. The argument could even be made that Bravo most likely would not have made that tweet in the first place. It is, of course, hardly the fault of the modern West Indian player that his naturally athletic and explosive attributes make him ideally suited to the T20 format which has blossomed into a financial haven for the top players from the region. Call it luck, call it good fortune, or call it whatever you may, but it is simply the changing face of cricket that happens to be attracting and enriching individual elite players from the region. This is a development that has in turn resulted in the ultimate demise of West Indies cricket as we once knew it.last_img read more

Dalton Myers | Corporate governance and the business of sport

first_imgAs we discuss sports in Jamaica and national governing bodies, I think it is important to also examine the importance of corporate governance and the business of sport. The appointment of the first chief executive officer (CEO) for the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) was part of the commitment of the new board upon taking office in 2017. That in and of itself was not the commitment, but there was talk of a complete restructuring of JOA operations. President Christopher Samuda, while campaigning and upon taking up office, pledged to create a new “corporate governance structure” as part of what he described as a “pathway to success model” for sports. While he has explained it, it was still unclear, at the time, how it would be manifested. In fact, with the exception of the Special Olympics, through its executive director and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) with the employment of a CEO and management team, there has been harsh criticism of the governance structure of local sports, which many believe contributes to wastage and us not being able to be as productive as we can be. In a previous column, I examined the increased funding contribution the JOA has been making to national sporting bodies; however, it is this new structure that has also been impressive, creating a business model that is attracting many sponsors and donors. So far, the CEO has been appointed to lead the restructuring exercise as well as garner funds for the development of sports. He gets his operational support from a group of professionals employed to help build the organisation – a business development manager, an information technology specialist, an office manager, communications specialist, and importantly, a member relations manager. This is very crucial. In fact, my view is that if these newly employed staff can work closely with the various stakeholders, then it augurs well for sports development in Jamaica. The hope is that a move like this will not just help with funding, but also, assisting the governance of sports, as well as the development of athletes, coaches, and importantly, sport administrators in Jamaica. It may seem simple, but for years, we’ve been clamouring for a new direction, not just for JOA, but for all the national sporting organisations, in terms of corporate governance structures and the operations of all relevant bodies. Important symbol Samuda and his board’s insistence on good corporate governance is important as it symbolises a willingness to incorporate new ideas, models, and structures to create a medium for sport development and the expansion of the reach and depth of the JOA itself. It puts the body in line with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) mandate and further follows on the heels of many other National Olympic Committees globally. The announcement by the board of its sport commissions, headed by its directors, complements the work of the board itself as well as the administrative arm. The next steps are going to be crucial. The JOA’s current improvements must be maintained while some aspects of corporate governance must stand out. These include, but are not limited to remaining accountable to its members, and incorporate them their decision-making processes as well as making them aware of decision-making processes that affect all relevant stakeholders. Additionally, the JOA must assist member federations in developing, implementing, and maintaining strong governance structures as well as assist member federations in setting objectives and benchmarks on which to build and improve their organisations. It should also assist organisations with self-regulatory mechanisms where necessary, with the aim of improving their current structures, incorporating effective strategic plans to complement self-governance. These can be done by encouraging more members from sport governing bodies to enroll in the IOC-accredited Basic and Advanced Level Sport Administration Courses offered by the JOA, which I think are very good educational tools. There are exciting times ahead for the JOA and its members. I have no doubt that these initiatives will translate into better performances. We are usually quick to offer negative criticism and highlight the flaws of our sporting organisations, so let us commend them when there are encouraging performances by administrators that are improving our sports and our national sports organisations. I hope they continue on this trajectory. Jamaica would be the better for it. – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to daltonsmyers@gmail.comlast_img read more